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Equitable Access Programs

Equitable access programs are recruitment efforts geared toward students from historically underrepresented groups in an effort to diversify a particular field of study. 
***The Matchlighters Scholars Program pairs high-achieving students from low-income households with experienced college counselors – and it's totally free. Put it on your calendar to apply in the fall!***
The Matchlighters Scholars Program

The team at recently developed a Financial Aid and Scholarship Guide for Black Students. Our goal is to inform students about critical information regarding their college education and share different resources that will help set them up for success.  

The Financial Aid and Scholarship Guide for Black Students  offers in-depth information in several areas, including:

  • Information on finding and applying for scholarships
  • A list of scholarships for black students at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels 
  • Information on HBCUs and why they're important
  • A list of scholarships for students wanting to attend an HBCU
  • Organizations and resources that are helpful for Black students and students of color

Real Talk

Real Talk is a virtual college exploration initiative designed to connect Black students and families with Black representatives from colleges and access organizations across the country. We empower Black students to own their futures their way.  Real Talk is a safe space for you to learn and engage, while also getting answers to your most pressing questions about life after high school.  No matter where you are on your journey, we’re here for you. Family members and educators are also encouraged to participate!


Caddie & :eadership Academy

Caddie & Leadership Academy: The Caddie & Leadership Academy provides summer caddie opportunities to under-resourced high school students living in the Rochester area.  Program participants have the opportunity to earn money, develop important relationships, and learn valuable life lessons from role models through a foundation built around caddying.  They have the opportunity to earn $400 a month each summer and earn a potential full scholarship to college.

For consideration into this program, students must be:
-Entering their freshman or sophomore year of high school in the fall
-Achieve academic excellence with a minimum 3.0 GPA
-Able to attend and complete ALL portions of the 12 week program (June, July, August)
-Have transportation to/from one the specified courses (Oak Hill Country Club, Irondequoit Country Club, CCR)
-Demonstrate a financial need

Expectations of a caddie include:
-Attend Training/Orientation sessions – Each 2 hours in length
-Attend Weekly leadership meetings – Each 1 hour in length
-Participate in volunteer service – 2 hours per month totaling 6 hours for the summer
-Complete a minimum of 3 loops every week 
(A loop is one 18 hole round of golf, carrying a bag and servicing a golfer which takes about 4 hours)
Program participants will receive $400/month. Caddies may also receive a tip from their golfer after a completed loop.
Apply now.


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